1961 India 1966
Indian general election, 1964
All 415 seats to the Indian Legislative Assembly
July-August 1964
First party Second party Third party
Leader Lal Bahadur Shastri Shripad Amrit Dange Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
Party [[Indian National Congress|Template:Indian National Congress/meta/shortname]] [[Communist Party|Template:Communist Party/meta/shortname]] [[All India Muslim League|Template:All India Muslim League/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1964 1948 1956
Leader's seat Soraon North cum Phulpur West Bombay City North Bahawalpur
Seats before 201 62 53
Seats won 183 73 53
Seat change -18 +11
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Kingston Martel Fateh Singh Basawon Singh
Party Liberal Party [[Akali Dal|Template:Akali Dal/meta/shortname]] [[Praja Socialist Party|Template:Praja Socialist Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1957 1962 1958
Leader's seat 1st Madras European Seat Amritsar Hajipur
Seats before 49 32 12
Seats won 51 41 8
Seat change +2 +9 -4

Previous Prime Minister
Lal Bahadur Shastri
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Lal Bahadur Shastri
[[Indian national Congress|Template:Indian national Congress/meta/shortname]]

The 1964 Indian general election was called following the death of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in order for his successor Lal Bahadur Shastri to gain a mandate.


The INC had been governing in coalition with the Praja Socialist Party since the 1962 election however following the death of Jawaharlal Nehru his successor, Lal Bahadur Shastri, decided to call a fresh election to gain a mandate for himself.


The election saw the governing parties both lose seats whilst opposition parties made gains. Following the election the INC formed a coalition with Akali Dal.

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